Saturday, September 17, 2016

Curriculum update

"He's got the whole world in his hands." 

This week we learned to cast our burdens on Jesus. I read a passage called: The Blue Marble. This passage was a great reminder that we are not and our world is not a perfect place, but God is all knowing and the creator and designer of everything!! He has us held in His hands when we worry or think something is difficult. So when we hold the blue marble, it represents the World in His hands. Reminding us to always seek His face because the Lord has it all figured out. 

This week's Bible stories include Cain and Able, The flood, Abraham's Journey

New Bible Memory: New Testament books due Seputember 30. 

There is a note coming home about our upcoming Nomad Project. Plan to bring a bag with objects for your child to create their nomadic scene.

Examples of the Nomad Project

Language Arts

During reading workshop, we have been building reading stamina and beginning our 40 book challenge. 3rd graders all have a reader's notebook that they will be recording their books in. They write down their reflections, strategies for reading, and book reviews in there. This notebook becomes apart of their reading grade. This week's goals are:

  1. Having a positive reader's attitude
  2. Knowing when to abandon and when not to abandon a book. 
  3. Making a mental movie in their minds
  4. Knowing what to do when the movie gets blurry
  5. Figuring out unknown words

Our writing workshop we are learning how to revise the timelines we created to retell our stories bit by bit. We will add by:

  1. showing our stories rather than tell them. 
  2. using quotation marks
  3. creating strong leads

In word work/spellingwe are reviewing our core words together and practicing short vowel sounds. We will have our Unit 2 spelling assignment on Thursday this week. 

Core Words: below, saw, something, thought, both

Skill: reviewing the h- brothers (e.g. Ch, Wh, Th, Sh) and double vowel rules with long O (e.g. ow, oa, o_e)

Homework: A “Dear Parent” letter will be in your child’s folder Wednesday, however, this is optional to practice for the assessment. You may also choose to review the core words together. 


We will continue multiplication and we will relate division to multiplication with an unknown factor. Learning multiplication and division facts should become practice at home. You will see that in this week’s homework assignment.

For example: 15/5= ? or ?x5= 15. 

Homework: One of our focus points is on practicing the 2’s in multiplication. Use the homework sheet, apps, or flashcards to get to know these multiplication facts. 

MATH DUEL (Mrs. Koetje’s Favorite arithmetic app link) That’s right it is my favorite link for arithmetic. This is because it allows you to differentiate. Each partner is racing time, but can work on different arithmetic levels or types. Check out the link to learn more!!! 


This week we will discuss the difference between rocks and minerals, learn the impact of glaciers using ore's and ice cream, identify earth's materials and 

Specials for the week
Monday-#1: Music And Library
Tuesday-#2 Spanish/P.E.
Wednesday-#3: Art
Thursday-#4 Spanish/P.E.

Friday-#1: Music

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